Pittsburgh Steelers 25-31 Green Bay Packers
|Aaron Rodgers hoists the Vince Lombardi Trophy|
Another year, another epic Super Bowl. Last night, or in my case earlier this morning, the Green Bay Packers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25 in Super Bowl XLV in Cowboys Stadium to capture their 4th Super Bowl title.
Green Bay jumped out to an early lead and were up 21-3 at one stage in the 2nd quarter. Pittsburgh would rally back but ultimately fall short. Turnovers were the difference maker as the Pack won the turnover battle 4-0 and scored 21 points from Steelers' turnovers.
|Nick Collins Pick Six|
|Greg Jennings Touchdown|
Pittsburgh showed perseverance and on their next drive, Ben Roethlisberger lobbed a perfect pass to Mike Wallace along the sidelines for a 25-yard touchdown. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin then opted to go for a two point conversion. They ran an option play, rarely used in the NFL, and Roethlisberger pitched it out to Antwaan Randle El who would run in for the score to make it a field goal game. The Packers would then drive from their own 25 yard line to Pittsburgh's 5. They were unable to score a touchdown from there but Mason Crosby added a field goal to give Green Bay a 31-25 lead with just over 2 minutes left. A touchdown would have sealed the game but the field goal did mean that the Steelers would have to score a touchdown.
|Gatorade shower for coach Mike McCarthy|
|Super Bowl XLV MVP Aaron Rodgers|
Aaron Rodgers was awarded MVP for his excellent performance. He has certainly proved those who passed over him in the 2005 Draft and made Packers fans forget about Brett Favre. Jordy Nelson also had a big day despite a few drops. He caught 9 passes for 140 yards and a touchdown. The game had a rating of 47.9, earning a tie for the highest rated championship in NFL history with Super Bowl XXI. Roger Goodell has just announced that it was the most watched show in TV history. What a great way to end a great season with a win that epitomized the Packers' season. Now, attention turns to the collective bargaining agreement . Then we have free agency. Next up its the draft. Minicamps and training camps to follow after that. As soon as you know, barring the potential lockout, NFL Sundays will be back.
Congratulations to the Super XLV Champion Green Bay Packers!
|James Jones lost in a flurry of confetti|